Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Well, I had a weeks vacation and got nothing done and that was OK! We watched movies and caught up on Orange is the New Black. I slept and made a couple of cakes. Did a bit of Thrift store shopping but overall that was it. Did not even step foot in the studio.  This was the second piece I did with the Stencil Girl stencils a few months back......might set a foot in the studio or take a walk on the trail behind the house. WHO KNOWS?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

running across an encaustic or two

Still cleaning out the Studio....there is now a path! Many empty bags and 2 suitcases in and I am out of drawer space...HAHAHA.This piece is holding up well and this one may have a meltdown in its future.

This is a journal that I did with crackle paste.
I am moving slowly with the clean out......checking through everything and considering each piece of paper, each broken crayon and checking every pen.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On Facebook the 3/5 challenge

Finding multiple journal pages as the studio cleanout continues....I am only getting to it a couple of times a week. Right now I am going through my bags sorting and tossing things. Finding bags and bags of pens, crayons and more.  Meanwhile I Facebook I am caught up in my fourth 3/5 challenge. You know the one show 3 pieces of work for 5 days. I had to double up to stay caught up! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

fixing up a journal page and starting the long clean out of the studio

The Magic Eraser!
Finally feeling up to doing some work in the studio. I began today, opening up old suitcases from my last few trips back in August. Amazing how you can let something go when you have big life changes and how hard it is to get back to playing again.
 I was looking at this page in one of my journals and thought it was a little dark. I knew this page had a silver spray under painting  so it could take a little scrubbing. Get out the Magic Eraser which is a great tool for removing color and lightening a piece. You must be careful not to scrub through the paper so take it slow and rinse the sponge often. Start by dipping the sponge in clean water then start in where you want a lighter effect.

You may end up scrubbing some of your lines out. They are easily put back!

I lightened up more of the inside to expose the silvery under painting.

Then I added some warmer tones and then layer a deep pink over the hearts

looks better with more contrast!

Friday, December 5, 2014


I have lots of friends that are great cooks and I do get recipes on the fly. Over the past 15 years I have started to put them into a book. I also ask the more artistic folks to spruce up the page! It makes me laugh !

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WOW today I have a project on STENCIL GIRL TALK!!!!!! 
Don't miss it then come back and check out what else I am doing with the same stencils!

Just coloring faces

Spray painted face

Hamish is watching today.
I started coloring this morning and now lets look at the details
When I color I layer  and layer and layer with the same color first ,then I layer in shadow (greys 0r complimentary colors). If you do not like lines color each layer in a different direction. Horizontal, vertical  and diagonal.

This pic is clearer

Layering for more depth by outline then refill the center.

Doing her eyes

It needed more texture down the dark side....more more more!

SO FAR........

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Faces with stencils

There are no rules with stencils. you can flip them and use any part. Here is the face I am using for the next week or so. It is a two part stencil from StencilGirl

I started over the exsiting background with charcoal pencil
Someone is always watching me..........
If this were a less complicated pattern I could stop right here
 I always draw over everything again

MORE tomorrow!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Adding spray paint faces

a variety of ways to adding spray paint faces
lots of back pattern here will require at least another spary

on a plainish page a simple spray

Prints of the stencils

spray over a crazier page

spraying over on a plain page then cover with the previous page for a print
Let everything dry come back tomorrow for more!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The beginning of a page............

This was a print I took from the stencil. (StencilGirl) I used the stencil initially with spray paint and dye spray on a piece of art and while it was still sticky and wet I laid it onto a clean piece of paper and made a print.
I let it dry for a day and then sprayed the print with a dye spray (Dylusions)

Buffing away the excess ink you can see the way the ink stains the spray paint layer and still leaves a bit of the ivory showing through

Let this dry well. Tomorrow we start to layer a face!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This coming weekend

I will be showing you some journal pages I did following a project.....leftovers really
These are prints from wet stencils

over the next couple of days I will show you how they start a bunch of new pages.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NOT this Sunday....Sorry!

Sorry Gang I have to cancel this weekends Visual Journal Class. I will keep you posted and we will try again in November!

Friday, October 10, 2014

New/Old altered book on the Secret Blog

If you are a Secret Blogger go check out this old Altered Book.....If you need directions back to the Secret Blog just comment below and I will get you hooked up!

Monday, October 6, 2014


OK I know I should have used these stamps by now! I do not buy clear stamps normally but the designs were so good on this set I had to get them. This has to be 3 years ago (or MORE)
I must use them!!!!!!!! I think I will in a halloween altered book that I have....somewhere!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SECRET BLOG goes on!

Well I think I am ready to get back on the daily art horse.
Thanks to you all!!!!!! Yout have stuck with me through it all.
It has been a long year and I am still in the grieving process but I feel like I need to get back to it!
So all of you that are in my secret blogs ....you are still in for as long as I do them! If you paid for the blogs and have lost your way and cannot remember how to get there message me here and I will set you up again. You need to give me the email you use and then bookmark the blog.

For those that never joined now is the time to jump on board! I believe I am going to make these blogs go for another year at least and once you join you are in forever.

I will be posting pictures of Altered books from the past 10 years over the next few days then we get back to doodling  every day..... new stencil pages and gelli plate cards.........
Later I am going to show you all the dollhouse we will be working on and more.
Stay tuned in...........